To the untrained eye, stationery may seem a somewhat limited market in which to set up a business.
However, having gained valuable experience of the industry at Hestair, which he later left to co-found Copywrite, (later known as Copywrite Designs), Mike Redfern and his family saw a gap in the UK market for good quality licensed stationery ranges in 1999 and subsequently set up Blueprint Collections to fill the void.
The company is still a family run business and Redfern and his wife, Maralyn work alongside their four children, Lisa Shand, managing director, Julia Chalkley, operations director, Pippa Chamberlain, design and product development director and James Redfern, UK sales director. In total, the firm employs 26 staff in the UK and ten in its Hong Kong office.
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